The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) website (http://www.upsc.gov.in/) was hacked on the early hours of Tuesday (September 11). The UPSC website that is managed and supervised by the Indian government has been the subject of notorious activity as the hackers tweaked the homepage of the website to show a photograph of famous cartoon character ‘Doraemon’ with a caption “Doraemon!!!! Pick up the call”. The home page of the website has been playing the title song of the cartoon series ‘Doraemon’ since being hacked by the hackers.
This is not the first case of a government website getting hacked and changed. The hackers generally tend to hack a government website when they want to alert them about its frailties and vulnerabilities. Hence, in an attempt to voice their displeasure they websites are hacked and patches to remove it are released shortly after.
There has been a rise in hacking of government websites since Prime Minister Narendra Modi started to stress on his initiative ‘Digital India’. The UPSC website is a part of GOV.IN registry, so only government approved authority personnel or institutions have an access to the domain.
Meanwhile, the UPSC website has been restored back to normalcy again.
The main reason behind the hacking is still unclear or no statement has been released regarding any data theft at the database level.
UPSC's website is currently running on HTTP server, which is a non-secure server, while HTTPS is a secured server.